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Cookbook author Daphne Oz stopped by Megyn Kelly TODAY to prove that butternut squash is just as versatile as it is delicious in three fall-themed meals. The slightly sweet, winter squash goes well with a variety of spice combinations, “from ginger cookies to curries to a simple thyme and sage combo that our family LOVES at Thanksgiving,” says the TV personality.

First up on her fall-menu is a candied butternut squash soup. As a busy mom, Oz says she recognizes the importance of a quick and filling meal for weeknights. “You can put this soup on the stove when you get home and basically forget about it until it’s time to puree and get it on the table,” she says. With a touch of Jamaican jerk seasoning and coconut milk, this soup also has unique, slightly tropical twist. Hallow out a pumpkin to use as a serving bowl for a spectacularly spooky soup.

Next up, a fall-inspired take on eggplant parmesan. The combination of pecans and Parmesan gives a rich and crispy texture to the soft roasted squash that’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Says Oz, “This recipe works equally well for casual family dinner or as part of an entertaining spread. You can design the butternut squash in patterns or tile them for a more decorative presentation, or just throw them in the dish if you’re in a rush.”

Daphne Oz makes delicious candied butternut squash soup

Oct. 8, 201804:21Nathan Congleton

Candied Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Daphne Oz

Take leftovers in a hot cup for lunch on the run, or get a hunk of great quality bread and a light salad for the perfect cold-weather supper.

Nathan Congleton

Daphne Oz’s Roasted Butternut Squash Parmesan with Pecans

Daphne Oz

The combo of pecans and Parmesan imparts a wonderfully rich, textured crispness to the soft roasted squash without using bread.

Megyn Kelly Is Cancelled. But She Never Should Have Had the Job in the First Place

In her 14 months as an NBC morning-show host—a role that has come to an abrupt end—Megyn Kelly found a number of ways to alienate viewers. She kicked off Megyn Kelly Today, last September, with an ill-considered joke about Will and Grace turning one of its fans gay and a question about plastic surgery that instigated a year-long feud with Jane Fonda. In January, she was forced to publicly apologize after appearing to endorse fat-shaming: “When I was in law school, I was gaining weight,” Kelly told fitness advocate Maria Kang. “I said to my stepfather, ‘If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, “Where you going, fat ass?”’ And it works!” That same month, a fired staffer described a “toxic and demeaning” environment on the show. But Kelly dug a hole she couldn’t climb out of on Tuesday, questioning whether blackface Halloween costumes were actually racist.

“What is racist?” the host wondered aloud. “You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK just as long as you were dressing as a character.” The social media backlash was swift, with celebrities like W. Kamau Bell, Padma Lakshmi and Adam Rippon joining the fray. On Wednesday’s episode of Today, Al Roker pulled no punches in a statement about Kelly’s comments: “While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country,” he said. “This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows, to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.” Soon after, Kelly apologized to viewers, but the damage was done. “Megyn Kelly Today is not returning,” an NBC News spokesperson announced in a statement on Friday. “Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other Today co-anchors.”

Who could have predicted such a debacle? Oh, just about anyone who was familiar with Kelly’s pre-NBC history. In 2010, as a Fox News host, her well-publicized obsession with the marginal New Black Panther Party was an early hint at her views on race. Months after launching her popular show The Kelly File, in 2013, she caused an uproar by insisting that Santa Claus and Jesus were both white. A few years later, she denounced a so-called “thug mentality” within black communities. The list of race-baiting moments goes on.

So, to many, the salient question today isn’t “How could this have happened?” so much as “How did Megyn Kelly get a $69 million deal with a broadcast network in the first place?” The answer says a lot about viewers’ short collective memory: Kelly got her first taste of bipartisan approval during the most recent presidential election cycle, when she grilled Donald Trump over his comments demeaning women. He hit back (remember “blood coming out of her wherever”?), and the more she stood her ground, the more liberals warmed up to her. Kelly underscored her potential appeal to mainstream audiences by speaking out about sexual harassment she endured at the hands of Fox News chief Roger Ailes. By 2016, she was a Vanity Fair cover star. The NBC deal followed early the next year, with the short-lived Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly debuting in June 2017.

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Megyn Kelly Today was plan b for the network’s new investment. Although its ratings never compared with those of its predecessor—an hour of Today hosted by Kelly’s reportedly lower-paid colleagues of color, Roker and Tamron Hall—the birth of the #MeToo movement last October gave Kelly a purpose that she clearly wasn’t finding in segments on parenting, cooking and celebrity gossip. She found her niche in championing women, famous and not, who came forward to accuse powerful men of sexual misconduct, and grounding her anger on their behalf in her own experiences at Fox News. For a TV personality who’d effectively erased past controversies by standing up to sexist men, these emotional interviews were the equivalent of playing her hits.

Kelly stepped back into the role of maverick feminist—never mind that her record had always been spotty on women’s issues that did not speak directly to Megyn Kelly. (She has cast aspersions on the equal pay movement, defended demonstrably false anti-abortion propaganda and told campus sexual assault activists to “toughen up, buttercup.”) The same girl-power veneer that kept her supporters in the mainstream media from reckoning with the Fox News version of Kelly in 2016 once again obscured the less savory aspects of her personality. Until it didn’t.

It wouldn’t have taken an investigative reporter to uncover all the reasons why she was the wrong choice for NBC, a broadcaster that presumably had no intention of spending a fortune on a host who would end up offending and alienating a substantial portion of its diverse audience. But the cost of the network’s myopia isn’t just monetary. In failing to weigh the risks of hiring someone like Megyn Kelly, NBC has also lost something priceless: viewers’ trust.

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Megyn Kelly’s NBC morning show has ended. The network announced Friday that other “Today” show anchors will replace her in the 9 a.m. hour, bringing an end to “Megyn Kelly Today.” The cancellation follows months of the host’s missteps, awkward moments and a racially insensitive defense of blackface Halloween costumes.

Kelly, once a star at Fox News, had long nurtured ambitions of moving out of the conservative news bubble and into the top tier of mainstream broadcast personalities, with aspirations of becoming a mix of Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose.

She once said she wanted to “help people,” just as Oprah had. Her book title suggested she wanted to “settle for more.” She debuted her softer-edged NBC morning show “Megyn Kelly Today” by saying she was “kind of done with politics for now.”

But her rocky transition to morning news showed just how difficult it is to separate one’s identity from the Fox News brand.

The end of her show was announced in a tweet by NBC News. People close to the matter said Thursday that Kelly’s lawyers and NBC brass planned to meet Friday to hash out the details of their relationship. NBC lured Kelly from Fox News early last year with a three-year, $69 million contract.

Kelly’s future with NBC remains uncertain. She is not welcome back at her former home, Fox News, which she left on sour terms.

“We are extremely happy with our entire lineup,” said a Fox News spokesperson. Kelly burnt bridges at Fox after she publicly discussed sexual harassment she said she faced from the late Roger Ailes, the channel’s co-founder.

In some corners, Fox News insiders were enjoying a certain schadenfreude in Kelly’s NBC failure. Darla Shine, the wife of White House deputy chief of staff Bill Shine – a former Fox News executive – gleefully noted Kelly’s troubles by tweeting a story that noted Kelly was not appearing on her show for the rest of the week, along with the comment: “This is what happens when you tilt the universe with lies @Megynkelly. … You helped perpetuate lies against those who helped you. Only the truth will set you free!”

Shine, whose husband was a longtime deputy to Ailes, had also lashed out at Kelly when she first spoke about Ailes’ sexual harassment.

Some staffers at NBC were skeptical of Kelly when news broke that she would leave Fox for their network. Others were doubtful she could make the transition from a hard-edged cable news host to the lighter fare of a morning show.

It was in the casual banter segment of “Megyn Kelly Today” that she ran into trouble this week, when she asked her all-white panel of guests: “What is racist?”

“Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who put on whiteface for Halloween,” she continued. “When I was a kid it was OK as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”

Even before this latest controversy, which prompted the cast of Netflix’s “House of Cards” to cancel an appearance on her show, Kelly had trouble booking big stars. She seemed to find her footing, though, by focusing episodes on victims of sexual harassment as those stories came to the forefront.

Kelly’s friend Eleanor McManus, a crisis manager who appeared on Kelly’s show several times, argued that NBC’s treatment of Kelly was retaliatory for her reporting on the #MeToo movement – particularly her attention to allegations against NBC and its stars.

“Megyn made a mistake, and she apologized for it immediately. Rather than creating a teaching moment for everyone, NBC chose to shame her,” McManus said. “Megyn has used her show to give a voice to women in the #MeToo movement, not fearing the consequences, even if those people were in her own backyard. She is one of the biggest advocates for women.”

In addition to calling out Ailes’ behavior and asking a tough question of then-candidate Donald Trump during a GOP debate, Kelly covered Matt Lauer’s sexual harassment scandal, and invited one of his alleged victims on her show. She also gave a platform to allegations against NBC News’s Tom Brokaw, both of which stirred resentment among her NBC colleagues.

But Kelly’s rise at Fox exhibited many warning signs of her views on race, which her colleagues at NBC have called problematic. She famously declared on air at the cable channel that both Santa and Jesus were white.

Now, her struggles at NBC have provided a cautionary tale for Fox News personalities looking to exit their sphere and enter another.

Megyn Kelly: I was cancelled for discussing blackface while Robert Downey Jr. is celebrated

Former Today Show host Megyn Kelly took to Twitter on Wednesday to complain that she had been fired for having a “necessary convo” about blackface when actor Robert Downey Jr. was hailed for wearing blackface in the 2008 comedy film “Tropic Thunder.”


Kelly’s comments were made in response to a recent interview that Robert Downey Jr. held with podcaster Joe Rogan about his use of blackface in “Tropic Thunder.” He said that he was initially hesitant to accept the role and that “my mother was horrified. ‘Bobby, I’m telling you, I have a bad feeling about this.’ I was like ‘Yeah, me too, mom.'” He added, however, that after seeing the film, “Ninety percent of my black friends were like, ‘Dude, that was great.'” Downey has previously said that he viewed the character not as a racist stereotype (he was playing a white actor who wore blackface to win an Oscar), but rather as a parody of Hollywood celebrities who can justify any immoral action in the name of their craft.

Kelly’s story is different. She first aroused controversy in October 2018 when she asked guests, “But what is racist? You truly do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face.”

She later added, “Back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as a character.” Kelly also addressed the controversy surrounding “Real Housewives of New York” star Luann de Lesseps, who was criticized for appearing to darken her skin while dressing up as Diana Ross for Halloween. After saying,”I don’t see how that got racist on Halloween,” Kelly reiterated, “I can’t keep up with the number of people we’re offending just by being normal people these days.”


At the time that she made the comments, a source from NBC told Salon that “normally when she f***s up, people just sort of whisper about it.” Kelly’s comments about blackface were considered so egregious, however, that the source continued, “Today is one of the rare days when everyone in the building is openly talking about how ridiculous it is.”

“The newsroom was stunned,” another source from NBC told Salon, “and many seasoned journalists felt her comments are an insult to the profession. She is now officially a racist. First ‘White Santa,’ now this. What appalled many NBC staffers is the fact Kelly would go racist, even dabble in it, on the family-friendly ‘Today Show.’ Bad message on such a prominent and historic program.”

Kelly later apologized for her comments on the program, saying that “one of the great parts of getting to sit in this chair is getting to discuss points of view. Sometimes I talk, and sometimes I listen. And yesterday, I learned. I learned that given the history of blackface being used in awful ways by racists in this country, it is not okay for that to be part of any costume, Halloween or otherwise.”


Despite her apology, Kelly was fired.

Her remarks about blackface did not constitute the first time that Kelly had made racist comments. She has insisted that Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were both white (the former was apparently based on a Turkish figure, the latter a Middle Eastern Jew), regularly attacked Black Lives Matter, and engaged in victim-blaming on occasions when African Americans were the victims of racial violence, such as by attributing it to an “anti-cop, thug mentality” in “black communities.”


Terry Crews has apologized to Gabrielle Union for his comments surrounding her departure from America’s Got Talent.

On Friday, Crews — who hosts the NBC talent competition show — tweeted an apology to Union for comments he made in regards to the former judge’s exit from AGT. In a series of tweets he acknowledged that he spoke from his own personal point of view “without first taking into consideration someone else’s experience” during an interview with Today earlier in the week in which he stated that he’d never experienced any racism on the NBC show.

I told @KevinHart4real a while ago, he needed 2 “acknowledge the pain of other people.” Right now I have to do the same thing. I want to apologize for the comments I made. I realize there are a lot of Black women hurt and let down by what I said and also by what I didn’t say.

— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 31, 2020

“I told @KevinHart4real a while ago, he needed 2 ‘acknowledge the pain of other people,’” wrote Crews on social media. “Right now I have to do the same thing. I want to apologize for the comments I made. I realize there are a lot of Black women hurt and let down by what I said and also by what I didn’t say.” He goes to add that he hears, respects, and understands their perspective, and then directly apologizes to Union. “I want you to know it was never my intention to invalidate your experience— but that is what I did,” he wrote, tagging her in the comment on Twitter. “I apologize. You have been through a lot in this business, and with that I empathize with the struggle toward fairness and equality in the workplace.”

I allowed disrespectful comments directed at me and my family to cause me to react angrily instead of responding thoughtfully. This certainly caused more harm, and it is my hope that I can amend any pain I have caused to those who were hurt by my words.

— terry crews (@terrycrews) January 31, 2020

Back in November, news broke that Union and Julianne Hough — who both served as judges on the 14th season of AGT — would not be returning for the show’s upcoming 15th season. Subsequently, it was revealed by Variety and Vulture that while working on the series, Union had expressed concerns over racially insensitive situations during her time as a judge — including a joke guest judge Jay Leno allegedly made and a racially insensitive audition in which a white male impersonated black celebrities. When Union expressed her discomfort with these situations, she says she was told they would be edited out of the episode later. Additionally, Union was reported to have complained about Simon Cowell‘s illegal smoking on set and that she and Hough received “excessive notes” about their appearance, in particular, that some of Union’s hairstyles were “too black” for the show’s audience.

In response to the claims, NBC and Fremantle issued a statement that read: “America’s Got Talent has a long history of inclusivity and diversity in both our talent and the acts championed by the show. The judging and host line-up has been regularly refreshed over the years and that is one of the reasons for AGT’s enduring popularity. NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously.”

In December, Union revealed that she met with executives and producers. “We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday,” she wrote on Twitter. “I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change.” Many celebrities came out in support of Union, including Debra Messing, Ellen Pompeo, and co-judge Hough.

And now, Crews is doing the same. “You are a role model to the entire black community and In my desire to be professionally neutral as your co-worker, I should have at the very least understood you just needed my support,” he finished his string of tweets.

Union has not yet publicly responded to Crews’ apology.

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